PNRI’s Science Matters free, virtual seminars feature discussions with scientists around the globe about exciting research in genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology with important societal impact.  

Topics include research on the genetics of ethnically diverse populations, diseases afflicting vulnerable or underserved groups, and efforts to expand the diversity (broadly defined) of research subjects or the scientific workforce.

The seminars are free to attend and open to the scientific community and anyone interested in learning more about genetics. These are virtual events (via Zoom) and require advance registration. Each seminar has a unique registration link. Register for our next seminar at the bottom of this page.

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Upcoming Science Matters Seminars

September 2024
11:30 am PT
Principal Investigator, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
September 2024
11:30 am PT
Pediatrician and Geneticist, Mass General Brigham Hospital
October 2024
12:00 pm PT
Seminar Title TBA
Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
November 2024
12:00 pm PT
Seminar Title TBA
Principal Investigator, Seattle Children’s Research Institute/Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
December 2024
12:00 pm PT
Seminar Title TBA
Director, Program of Immunogenetics and Translational Immunology, Universidad del Desarrollo

Past Seminars

July 10, 2024
Clinical and Genomic Studies in MECP2 Duplication Syndrome – A Path to Personalized Medicine
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine
June 12, 2024
In Search of a More Perfect Clinical Genome: Pearls from the Middle East
Professor of Human Genetics, Alfaisal University/Dept. Chair of Translational Genomics, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
May 22, 2024
Professor, Clinical Genetics/Rare Diseases Research Group Lead, Karolinska Institutet & Head of Clinical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory, Karolinska University Hospital
April 17, 2024
Applications of Human Brain Organogenesis
Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego
March 20, 2024
Principal Investigator, Ray Lab, Center for Systems Immunology, Benaroya Research Institute
February 28, 2024
Founder and President, FAM177A1 Research Fund
February 28, 2024
Assistant Professor/Physician Scientist, Dept. of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
January 24, 2024
Principal Investigator, Center for Integrative Brain Research, Seattle Children’s
December 13, 2023
November 08, 2023
Assistant Professor, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital
October 20, 2023
Director, Disease Gene Engineering, Genomic Medicine Center, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
September 20, 2023
Why We Have the Diseases We Have
Professor, Radboud University Medical Center, the Netherlands
June 14, 2023
Genetics, Ancestry and Health in Latin American Populations
Professor, Department of Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
May 24, 2023
Uncovering the Genomic Basis of Extremely Severe Forms of Schizophrenia
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
April 26, 2023
Understanding the Regulation of Our Genome
Assistant Professor, Medical Genetics and Genome Sciences, University of Washington
March 29, 2023
On the Origin of (Segmental) Aneuploidies
Professor, Laboratory of Cytogenetics and Genome Research, Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, Belgium
March 22, 2023
Enabling and Improving Gene Discovery Across Diverse and Admixed Populations
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
February 15, 2023
Complex Structural Variation in a Complete Human Genome
Professor, Dept. of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
January 25, 2023
 mRNA Retrotransposition: A Driving Force Generating Genetic Novelties in the Human and Other Vertebrate Genomes 
Senior Researcher, Hospital Sírio-Libanês, São Paulo, Brazil
December 07, 2023
Mendelian Genomics in the Genetics Age
Assistant Professor, Division of Genetic Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
November 16, 2022
Technologies for Visualizing Fully Assembled Genome
Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
October 12, 2022
Biology in Balance: Human Diploid Genome Integrity, Gene Dosage & Genomic Medicine
Cullen Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics, and Professor of Pediatrics/Program in Integrative and Molecular and Biomedical Sciences/Program in Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
September 21, 2022
Hidden Genetic Variation in Congenital Vascular Malformations
Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetic Medicine and Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, WA
June 01, 2022
Genomic Medicine for Rare and Common Diseases
Head and Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, The Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine, Joint Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
May 10, 2022
Genomic Structural Variations and Beyond
Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
April 13, 2022
Combining Genetics and Genomics to Decipher Complex Disease
Professor, Bernard & Lusia Milch Chair, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
March 09, 2022
Rare Disease Genomics in Latin American Populations
Principal Investigator, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México
March 01, 2022
Genomic Context and Environmental Stimulation of Copy Number Variation in Budding Yeast
Associate Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
February 09, 2022
The Genetic History of the Peopling of the Americas
Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
November 17, 2021
New Frontiers in African Genomics
Investigator at the Center for Precision Health Research and Head of Childhood Complex Disease Genomics Section at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD


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